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Apr 20, 2015 - Day 6. Barcelona.

Day 6. 20/4/15 We crashed last night - too much walking for this old couple! Barcelona works on the hours of about 10am to 2am - very different from what we're used to, but we're learning. We got out of bed about 8.30am, hit the road about 11.30 after a muesli bar and coffee for breakfast. First stop was the Gaudi houses, which are in the upmarket area by the looks of all the specialty shops. Lunch, then on to Sagrada Familia, which has to be seen to be believed. Look it up on the web if you don't know about it - we didn't until Tony told...

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Apr 20, 2015 - Day 5. Paris - Barcelona.

Day 5. 19/4/15. Up at 5am, left the hotel at 5.40. It looked pretty grotty outside the door from the nights goings on and before the hotel staff had swept and cleaned. Cold walk to the station, and no taxi, but managed to hail one, and arrived at Gare de Lyon just before 6am. Found our platform and waited till coffee shop opened at 6.30 to buy breakfast of toasted ham and cheese sandwich - on bread like we have at home! Here a sandwich is a hard roll. By the time we finished eating and walked to the train we had to rush as our carriage...

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Apr 17, 2015 - Flight to Asia

Today we spent the day in the airplane flying to Singapore. Singapore airlines had great service, but the airplane looked a bit old. We luckily had a sit for matteus, so he could sleep and be active at the same time. Even if the flight was in the morning, it was smoother than the one to Europe. 12h flight though a bit long. Met this brave Taiwanese woman travelling alone with 2 babies and no stroller from for-so-bcn-Singapore-Taiwan non-stop. Still breastfeeding. Impressive! And babies behaved so well.

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Apr 16, 2015 - Notario an afternoon shopping

Today it was a crazy day at the Notario. Matt was walking all the time, crying and falling. But everything went fine and finally got the powers done. Liu joined for lunch at Eggs, lovely place in pg de Gracia around Casa fuster. We ended the day with lovely duck at citrus.

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Apr 15, 2015 - Day at UPC

So cool to take the little fellow to UPC. He had a blast, we met Sergio, Eugenio and colleagues from my doctorate time. It was great to see him running where I used to hang during 4 years of my studies. Need to confess it was nostalgic. In the morning we had breakfast at rambla de Catalunya with Rosi

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Apr 13, 2015 - Barcelona, we are back

Lovely weather in Barcelona. So glad to be back. Got a barça shirt for matteus. Need to confess that it was a bit tricky with all the luggage. But people are very helpful at the airport. Got a quick ride to pg de Gracia, where Annamaria hosted us. Lovely time at our Italian friend's.

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Nov 25, 2014 - 4th Sea Day

Tues. 25Nov. 2014 Weather:-18Degrees/Sunny 4thday at sea After a nice sunset last night my boss has declared today as an official “Rostered Day Off” for tourists and as I do not want to cross swords with the ‘Powers That Be’ in that union so I have to sign off for the day, Goodbye, see you tomorrow in Barcelona

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Nov 25, 2014 - Barcelona

Wed. 26 Nov. 2014 Weather:-16 Degrees/Sunny/Rain Barcelona 7:00  13:00h 6h Berthing at 7am and departing at 1pm really means a maximum of 5 hours on shore as we do not get off the ship until at least half an hour after arrival and we have to be back on board half an hour before cast off so that does not leave much time to go and explore especially as we berthed at Terminal B here in Barcelona. The day started of nice and sunny but as we were getting of the shuttle bus that took us to the front of the harbour it started to sprinkle so only...

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Nov 10, 2014 - At sea.. the Spanish coast

An uneventful flight to Barcelona and we arrive at hotel by 1 pm. Arriving at the same time as the first wave of the Travel with Alan group, but no Gord and Dora. We here there is a second group about 5:30 so we decide to just leave a message that we have headed to La Rambla. Turns out Gord & Dora are not even on the list so we assume they are at the other hotel. After emails back and forth to Helen, Gord’s sister back in Oliver, we find out we have really had another ‘lost in translation’ as they are arriving tomorrow am and going directly...

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Oct 6, 2014 - A few days in Barcelona

Here are a few random photos from our jet-lagged time in Barcelona. As has become the norm for our travel, our outbound flights were delayed. Rescheduled with a 30 minute connection in O'Hare (you all know how successful THAT was likely to be) we headed to San Francisco. On arrival, our original plane had not left yet--but no--we could not board as our baggage was not "with us". So, we killed 6 hours in the airport, got on another flight, arrived in Barcelona a few hours after our planned arrival and started our journey. Little did we know...

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Sep 26, 2014 - Lucky last!

Hola for the last time from Spain! And so it has come to this - the circle of my trip is all but complete and this will be my lucky last post. What can I say? I´ve walked the length and breadth of every museum and gallery that I could find, I´ve navigated the back streets of major cities (some intentionally, some accidently and some I wish I hadn´t), I´ve mastered the Metro system in London, the trams in Amsterdam and the long distance trains of Spain. I´ve used and tried to use a multitude of broken languages (sometimes horribly mangled...

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Sep 25, 2014 - I´ve never talked so much!

Hola! This is quite challenging typing this up on a Spanish keyboard because every word I write gets a red line under it - so if I get spelling mistakes I have no help from this computer! Wow! What a day for talking! It started off on a bus tour I did to Sagrada Familia and Gaudi country. I met a child/adolescent psychologist from Tasmania here for a conference about ADHD and doing some sight seeing. He was a very interesting guy and he hasn´t spoken to anyone in English for a while either so we both talked each other´s ear off for most of...

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